By Craig Scott

15th Dec, 2021 | 4:10pm

Peter Crouch raves about Jack Harrison despite Leeds United suffering heavy loss v Man City

Peter Crouch was impressed by Jack Harrison despite Leeds United losing 7-0 at the hands of Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Marcelo Bielsa suffered the heaviest defeat of his managerial career at the Etihad as his injury-hit Leeds side were well and truly humiliated by Pep Guardiola’s men.

Harrison, 25, spent three seasons on loan at Leeds from Man City before joining the Whites permanently last summer and in what was his first appearance at the Etihad, the winger did manage to catch the eye of Crouch.

Speaking on BT Sport 1 after the match on Tuesday night, the ex-Liverpool striker said: “Positives wise, I thought Jack Harrison tried. He didn’t give up, you can put it that way.

“But defensively, it was not good enough. Nowhere near it.”

Glimmer of hope for Harrison

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It hasn’t been an easy season for Harrison so far with the former Man City winger struggling to impress for the Yorkshire club.

In the Premier League, he’s contributed to just one goal in 14 appearances and that was an assist in Leeds’ loss at Tottenham last month.

Against Man City, he was definitely the most positive player.

He had an anonymous first half but after the break, Harrison did have some drive about him and was involved in a couple of moments where you thought Leeds could have scored.

He wasn’t great by any means. It’d probably be over the top to say he has a good game. But he wasn’t terrible and was certainly one of the better performers for Leeds on the night.

Stats by WhoScored show that Harrison did make one key pass and completed 84 per cent of the passes he attempted.

He also managed two shots, one of which hit the target, but overall, Harrison and everyone else needs to do better if this Leeds side wants to avoid relegation this season.

While we do have a lot of injuries, we still have a large group of players who impressed in spells last season.

Illan Meslier, Diego Llorente, Stuart Dallas, Luke Ayling, Raphinha and Harrison are all fit and available and did well last term so why can’t they do it now?

Prove we’re not a one-man team that relies on Kalvin Phillips.

In other Leeds United news, Crouch wasn’t as kind about this “awful” player in the 7-0 hiding at the Etihad.